It has been a good 6 months for the Blues as they have seen their team win the Champions League in May as well as finish in the Top 4 of the Premier League. Adding to this, the Blues also have 5 players involved in the 2020 Euro final between Italy and England, which in turn also means that Thomas Tuchel will have quite a few players coming back later than expected for the pre-season camp.
Chelsea have also been active in the transfer market as they are looking to sign a forward as well as a central midfielder. The search for the former will certainly be a long one, but Chelsea may now have found their solution for a central midfielder in AC Milan’s Franck Kessié.
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The Ivorian’s contract is set to expire in June 2022 and AC Milan, who have already lost Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Çalhanoğlu to free transfers, do not wish to repeat the same mistake with Kessie and will want to cash in on the player this summer, should he not sign a contract extension.
That is according to Diario de Sevilla, who adds that the Spanish side have no interest in letting their prized possession go on the free.
The outlet covers the latest findings by the CIES Football Observatory, who have again released the valuations of clubs and players around the world.
Their research has the former Bordeaux youngster as the most valuable player in Los Nervionenses’ squad.
Sevilla are aware of the player’s rising price and predict it to go even higher, which is why the club made the decision to reject the Blues’ offer of €50 million in the summer.
They’ll now only think about letting him go in exchange for a fee close to the €80 million release clause in his deal.
That means Thomas Tuchel’s side will have to significantly improve the proposal they made in the summer transfer window.
The Blues’ interest in the Spanish international was confirmed by Fabrizio Romano last week, and it seems that the London club are pushing ahead with a move for the player.
Mundo Deportivo claim that Niguez is interested in leaving Atletico as he “wants a change of scenery” after having his demands for a wage rise turned down.
His situation has not only attracted Chelsea, though, with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus all expected to be involved in the battle for the 26-year-old.
Any transfer will be difficult to pull off, with Atletico currently demanding around €80m (£69m), which is a steep asking price, considering the Blues are keen on signing other players this summer as well.